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FCC Extends Key E-Rate Program Deadlines Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 12:00 AM

FCC Extends Key E-Rate Program Deadlines Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

Schools and libraries across the United States have been affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic as they close for extended periods of time to protect their students and patrons and help prevent the spread of the disease.1 To provide relief to E-Rate program participants affected by this unprecedented national pandemic, we temporarily waive and extend several E-Rate filing and service implementation deadlines, as provided herein. Additionally, we direct the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) to provide all program participants an automatic 30-day extension to respond to information requests related to pending appeals, invoices, FCC Form 500 requests, and audits.

In providing this relief, we seek to alleviate administrative burdens and minimize the disruption caused by COVID-19 to allow schools and libraries to focus their time and resources on transitioning their students, patrons, teachers, and staff to remote learning and working in response to this public health emergency.

We will continue to monitor the situation to determine whether any additional waiver of these rules and deadlines is needed.

https://www.fcc.gov/document/fcc-extends-key-e-rate-program-deadlines-due-covid-19-pandemic